About the NELT Hub

Who we are and what we do including our vision, our team and our experience.


The role of the NELT Teaching School Hub


Our Hub exists quite simply to offer fantastic training and development for aspiring, early career, and experienced teachers.

By offering outstanding professional development at every stage of their careers, we aim to equip, enable and inspire teachers and leaders across the North East to be exceptional in their field. This is an exciting opportunity for our region and we will work hard to make it a success. We will engage with schools and other partners to ensure our work builds on the existing excellent practice and responds to local needs. This will include building on our existing relationships and networks as well as forging new ones.

Our vision 

The NELT Teaching School Hub is part of the wider North East Learning Trust multi-academy Trust.  We share a single, overarching vision across the Trust that "Every child experiences excellence every day." Everything our Hub does ultimately works towards this simple common aspiration, which we have not only for children in our own Trust schools, but for all children across our region. 

Meet the NELT Hub team


Lydia Lowery

Director of NELT Institute

Lydia has worked at North East Learning Trust since 2015. Lydia works very closely with SCITT partnership schools across the region and, through this role, has had the privilege of supporting trainees and mentors trainees in over 80 schools across the north east. Before joining NELT, Lydia worked as a teaching and learning lead and history teacher.


Thomas Martell

Director of NELT Institute

Tom supports teachers and school leaders to develop evidence-informed practice as the most promising way to improve outcomes for all pupils, especially the most disadvantaged. Prior to joining the Trust, Tom worked for a national charity that specialises in generating and mobilising research evidence to benefit pupils. Tom is also an experienced school governor.

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Sarah Bishop

Programme Manager

Sarah joined NELT in 2021 as a Programme Manager, organising our NPQ provision. She has spent the majority of her working life within the education sector as a lecturer, trainer and project manager, both in education and industry. In addition to teaching, she has worked as a business consultant and fundraiser, supporting local charities in developing their strategic and operational plans, demonstrating her interests in widening participation and community deprivation.